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Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

I began my journey into computer audio in 2004 with the introduction of the...

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

I think it is fair to say that in the eighteen or so months...

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2014 Coverage

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2014 Coverage

Initial Impressions THE Show (Newport Beach) 2014 was a breath of fresh air (at...

AURALiC TAURUS Balanced Output Headphone Amplifier Review

AURALiC TAURUS Balanced Output Headphone Amplifier Review

Several months ago I reviewed the AURALiC VEGA DAC, and found it to be...

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeaker

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeaker

Audience is perhaps best known for their interconnects, speaker cables, and power cords, and...

Daily News and Reviews

Conrad-Johnson MF-2550 SE Stereo Amplifier

August 22, 2014
Conrad-Johnson MF-2550 SE Stereo Amplifier

Vance Hiner has posted a review of the Conrad-Johnson MF-2550 SE stereo amplifier ($7800) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Conrad-Johnson’s MF-2550 SE is an outstanding solid-state amplifier. The Windex-clear window it offers into each piece of music, as well as its ability to deliver lightning-quick transients, are traits that I wish the Premier...
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SVS Ultra Bookshelf Loudspeakers

August 21, 2014
SVS Ultra Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Gene DellaSala has posted a review of the SVS Ultra bookshelf loudspeakers ($999/pair) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “There is so much to like about these speakers and so little to complain about. They offer a very balanced sound, with great dynamic capabilities. They look as good as they sound. No cheap parts were used...
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Dynavector P75 Mk3 Phono Preamplifier

August 21, 2014
Dynavector P75 Mk3 Phono Preamplifier

Michael Wong has posted a review of the Dynavector P75 Mk3 phono preamplifier ($895) at AudioEnz. His conclusions: “A good music playback system is like a time machine, enabling the listener take a trip into the past through musical events. The P75 plays its part in achieving this with ease and greater grace than...
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High Resolution Audio to Be a Major Focus at 137th AES Convention

August 21, 2014
High Resolution Audio to Be a Major Focus at 137th AES Convention

The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles) will feature a High Resolution Audio (HRA) program Friday, October 10, 2014. The direct result of a collaborative effort between the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the HRA program will...
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Phasemation EA-1 II Phono Preamplifier

August 21, 2014
Phasemation EA-1 II Phono Preamplifier

Marcin Olszewski has posted a review of the Phasemation EA-1 II phono preamplifier (~€11,000) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “The refinement and trademark ethereality of this phonostage showed, that High-End is very differentiated, and on the level presented by this device the differences between products are of purely esthetic value – those are defined...
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Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector

August 21, 2014
Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector

Chris Eberle has posted a review of the Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D projector ($2899) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “LCD projectors used to be found solely in conference rooms and churches where quality cinema was far from a priority. Epson has worked the technology into something that...
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Q Up Automatic Tonearm Lift

August 21, 2014
Q Up Automatic Tonearm Lift

Anthony Cordesman has posted a review of the Q Up automatic tonearm lift ($60) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Provided you actually consult the compatibility chart on the Q Up Web site before you buy, read and follow the instructions, take the time to check setup before you use the adhesive tape to...
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Linn Akurate Exakt DSM Player and Exakt Akubarik Loudspeaker

August 20, 2014
Linn Akurate Exakt DSM Player and Exakt Akubarik Loudspeaker

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Linn Akurate Exakt DSM player and Exakt Akubarik loudspeakers (together, ($41,000) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “The Exakt Link protocol is a digital audiophile’s dream in that it keeps the audio data in the digital domain unit the final amplification step at the loudspeaker. This near...
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Lumïn S1 Music Streamer

August 20, 2014
Lumïn S1 Music Streamer

Joel Chevassus has posted a review of the Lumïn S1 music streamer ($14,900) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The S1 now competes directly with heavyweights like the Ayon S5 or TotalDAC Dual server + Dac whilst perhaps delivering a less romantic presentation. I am not fond of romance in audio playback. The small signs or...
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VC Audio Labs MB-45 KT120 Monoblock Power Amplifier Kit

August 20, 2014
VC Audio Labs MB-45 KT120 Monoblock Power Amplifier Kit

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the VC Audio Labs MB-45 KT120 monoblock power amplifier kit ($2190/pair) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “During the time I had here the Oddwatt VC-45 or the Oddblock High Output Series 1 or whatever it’s called, it performed reliably and flawlessly. It’s a remarkably quiet tube-based amplifier that...
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Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 20, 2014
Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Sony PHA-2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($595) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “For those audiophiles who strongly favor a difficult-to-drive headphone, the PHA-2 will be a better option than the headphone amplifiers built into most portable devices. Also for owners of highly sensitive, custom, in-ear monitors, who...
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Fritz Accuton 6 Loudspeaker

August 20, 2014
Fritz Accuton 6 Loudspeaker

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Fritz Accuton 6 loudspeakers ($3300/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “With the Accuton 6 I feel that Fritz Heiler has done it again and brought us a truly musical speaker at a very reasonably price for what it delivers. Highly Recommended!” You can read the full review...
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TotalDac D1- Dual DAC

August 20, 2014
TotalDac D1- Dual DAC

Key Kim has posted a review of the TotalDac D1- Dual DAC ($12,300) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I don’t have firsthand experience of all other super DACs out there but the Totaldac D1-Dual DAC is the best sounding digital playback I’ve had in my home. It produced a transparent, delicate, and musically involving...
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IsoTek EVO3 Synchro Power Cord

August 19, 2014
IsoTek EVO3 Synchro Power Cord

IsoTek, the leading brand of mains conditioning products for hi-fi and home cinema, has launched an upgraded ‘EVO3’ Special Edition of the Syncro, the pioneering power cable that’s much more than just a cable. Originally launched in 2010, the Syncro is IsoTek’s most advanced mains cable. It incorporates unique performance-enhancing electronics housed in an...
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Tributaries Showcases Series 4 Interconnects

August 19, 2014
Tributaries Showcases Series 4 Interconnects

Tributaries will showcase its Series 2 and 4 interconnect cables, which utilize technology derived from the Clarus Series, in booth 1148 at the 2014 CEDIA Expo. “With the success of the Clarus brand, it was clear that the technology would clearly benefit the Tributaries line allowing it to give our dealers a well rounded...
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Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA Vacuum Tube DAC

August 19, 2014
Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA Vacuum Tube DAC

Ken Micallef has posted a review of the Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA vacuum tube DAC ($1800) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “At $1800, I’d say the LM-502CA is a bargain, maybe a steal. You can go loco and tube-roll the 502. And I imagine dabbling in power cord fetishes might get you somewhere. The...
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Primaluna Dialogue Premium Preamplifier

August 19, 2014
Primaluna Dialogue Premium Preamplifier

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Primaluna Dialogue Premium preamplifier ($3199) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Clearly this unit is a jewel in PrimaLuna’s well-run operation. In my curmudgeonly take on “things audio at the upper end,” the new PrimaLuna preamp deserves, and receives, my highest praise. It is among the most...
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Mr. Speakers Alpha Dog Headphones

August 19, 2014
Mr. Speakers Alpha Dog Headphones

Robert H. Levi has posted a review of the Alpha Dog headphones ($299) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “From MrSpeakers comes an American dream in headphones that are both planar and closed-back… the Alpha Dogs! They are the world’s first 3D-printed cans, and sound fantastic. Efficient enough to run on most everything, and beautiful...
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Anthem MRX 310 Audio/Video Receiver

August 19, 2014
Anthem MRX 310 Audio/Video Receiver

Carlo Lo Raso has posted a review of the Anthem MRX 310 audio/video receiver ($1199) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Anthem really impressed me with this receiver, even more so than I was initially expecting. With an excess of capable A/V receivers out there vying for your attention, it...
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McIntosh Introduces MB100 Media Bridge

August 18, 2014
McIntosh Introduces MB100 Media Bridge

With music now being created, stored and distributed in an assortment of ways, you need a simple yet sophisticated device to manage it all. The MB100 Media Bridge does just that by connecting you to all your favorite web based and hard drive stored digital music and allows it all – including uncompressed, lossless...
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